Is a "Pro-Government Conservative" What Used to be Called a "Reagan Democrat"?
Here is a summary of the Pew Research Center's description of a "Pro-Government Conservative", which I blogged about yesterday:
(1) Strong religious faithThat sounds remarkably like the type of voter who 20 years ago was called a "Reagan Democrat".
(2) Conservative views on many social and cultural issues
(3) Support the military and a muscular American foreign policy
(4) Less educated
(5) Less affluent
(6) Favor social safety net
Much has been written over the last several election cycles that the "Reagan Democrats" do not exist anymore - that they were attracted to Reagan's personality and not the policies of the Republican Party. I think a much better explanation is that "Reagan Democrats" no longer exist because they have all become "Pro-Government Conservatives" (i.e. Republicans).
For the reasons I stated yesterday, I really don't think I fit into this category.